GPSA554 Research Seminar, 3 credits

Day/Time TBA: GPSA554 Research Seminar / Gerber (Zoom)


This intensive course guides students in their design and completion of the Master’s paper within the guidelines of ethical research practices. Group work and close guidance of the instructors facilitates the thesis writing process. The course pays special attention to the formation of research question, research methodology, and writing appropriate literature reviews. The course operates as an intellectual workshop in which students share the process as well as the results of their research with the group throughout the semester. Each seminar member chooses a research topic, collects, and analyzes data, writes a report, and then presents his/her research proposal in the middle of the semester and his/her research results in the seminar sometime during the last two weeks of the semester. The completed paper, when accepted by the two instructors, counts as the Master’s Paper. Papers should be written in the style of the American Psychological Association (APA) Style Manual. – 3 credits

GPSA703 Fieldwork Seminar: Issues of Bias in the Treatment of Mental Illness, 4 credits

Thursday, 4:50-7:10pm GPSA703 Fieldwork Seminar: Issues of Bias in the Treatment of Mental Illness / DeLia (Main)


In this course, students will study their countertransference responses, listen to, and become aware of dynamics and how each individual speaks to present these dynamics through symbolic communication. This clinical course has a focus on how perceptions shape our views of various society groups. Aspects of bias that influence practice experiences are examined while providing client hours at an externship site. Students will identify the phenomena of bias in cases presented in relation to diversity in terms of ethic. Sociological and psychopathological processes. They will learn to observe their own reactions to the clinical work and use with growing understanding as a clinical and technical tool. Students’ will achieve this by studying internal unexamined perceptions as well as broader societal prejudices, society trends and subgroups, interactions patterns and the impact of differing lifestyles and maladaptive behaviors, including stress, abuse, and discrimination on subjective responses. – 4 credits

GPSA700 Fieldwork Practicum, 4 credits

Thursday, 4:50-7:10pm GPSA700 Fieldwork Practicum (1st semester only) / DeLia (Main)


GPSA 700 Fieldwork Practicum Treatment Beginnings & Small Group Studies (SGS) In this first Fieldwork segment, students are assisted in obtaining a Fieldwork placement, given early interviewing classroom practice in the initial encounters, and encouraged to begin studying the counseling/therapeutic process as they learn to recognize the various forms of psychopathology. They learn interviewing techniques to enable individuals to tolerate more comfortably the stimulation of the counseling/therapeutic experiences, and that allow them to talk with the counseling professional more freely. The importance of ethical issues will be examined throughout the course. Required first semester fieldwork all programs – 4 credits

GPSA831 Intervention Strategies for Working with Regressed States, 3 credits

Thursday, 9:00-11:20am GPSA831 Intervention Strategies for Working with Regressed States / Rosenthal (Main & Zoom)

This course considers the technique by exploring psychodynamic intervention strategies for working with regressed states. Historical and contemporary theories and clinical cases are presented for basic to advanced mental health counseling strategies with a range of dynamics. Ethical and cultural considerations are explored. Cert – Theory or Elective, MA – Elective – 3 credits

GPSA703 (All) SGS Fieldwork, 4 credits

Monday, 7:00-8:00pm GPSA703D SGS-Fieldwork / Thomas (Room C) – 2 ICPS students only

Tuesday, 1:30-3:00pm GPSA703B SGS / Gerber (Zoom)
Tuesday, 3:00-4:30pm GPSA703P SGS / Hess (Room C)

Wednesday, 4:00-5:30pm GPSA703F SGS / Lapides (Room C)

Thursday, 9:30-11:00am GPSA703G SGS / Bratt (Zoom)
Thursday, 12:00-1:30 pm GPSA703L SGS / Vaccaro (Vaccaro office)
Thursday, 2:15-3:15pm GPSA703H SGS / Lazar (Room C) – 2 ACAP students only
Thursday, 3:10-4:40pm GPSA703J SGS / Semel (Semel office)
Thursday, 3:15-4:15pm GPSA703N SGS / Miller (Zoom)
Thursday, 3:15-4:45pm GPSA703K SGS / DeLia (Room C)


GPSA504 Human Development: Adulthood-Middle to Later Years, 3 credits

Tuesday, 4:50-7:10pm GPSA504 Human Development: Adulthood-Middle to Later Years / Hess (Main)


GPSA 504 Human Development: Adulthood – Middle to Later Years This course will focus on the intra-psychic, developmental, and biopsychosocial processes that occur during middle to later years with emphasis on some of the relevant life occurring challenges. Students will read and study developmental theory and case presentations of people and individuals in this phase. The objective of this course is for students to further their understanding of some of the conflicts and recapitulations of earlier conflicts in the life cycle that occur during this phase and how they cope. Also, to be studied are unconscious motivations in particular individuals, how people grapple with these aspects of their personalities, and manage this phase of development. The role of mental health, neurological, biological, environmental, and cultural factors will be explored in the context of later life. – 3 credits

GPSA526 Resistance and Defense, 3 credits

Monday 4:50-7:10pm GPSA526 Resistance and Defense / Gerber (Zoom)

Psychic defenses are essential tools available to us for dealing with psychic pain. This course will study the use of defenses, from projection and splitting to repression and sublimation, in relation to emotional, psychosexual, and cognitive development. This course will consider mental illness a maladaptive psychic defense process, and psychoanalytic cure a state of mental wellbeing in which thoughts, feelings, and impulses can be tolerated comfortably without resorting to inappropriate action or self-destructive defense – 3 credits